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Tehran - Iran Acknowledges Chemical Weapons Killed People In Syria, Warns U.S. Against Crossing 'Red Line'

Published on: August 25, 2013 08:52 AM
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A Syrian soldier wearing a surgical mask in the Damascus’ suburb of Jouber in Syria on 24 August 2013. EPA/STR A Syrian soldier wearing a surgical mask in the Damascus’ suburb of Jouber in Syria on 24 August 2013. EPA/STR

Tehran - Iran on Sunday warned the United States against crossing the “red line” on Syria, saying it would have “severe consequences”, according to the Fars news agency.

“America knows the limitation of the red line of the Syrian front and any crossing of Syria’s red line will have severe consequences for the White House,” said Massoud Jazayeri, deputy chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces, reacting to statements by Western officials regarding the possibility of military intervention in Syria, according to Fars.

On Saturday Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said for the first time that chemical weapons had killed people in ally Syria and called for the international community to prevent their use.

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Rouhani stopped short of saying who he thought had used the arms, but Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday said evidence pointed to rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Tehran has previously accused Syrian rebels of being behind what it called suspected chemical attacks.

Rouhani did not mention the international furor around Syrian opposition reports that government forces had killed as many as 1,000 civilians with gas in Damascus on Wednesday.

“Many of the innocent people of Syria have been injured and martyred by chemical agents and this is unfortunate,” recently elected Rouhani was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency.

“We completely and strongly condemn the use of chemical weapons, because the Islamic Republic of Iran is itself a victim of chemical weapons,” he said, according to the agency.

Iran suffered chemical weapons attacks by Iraqi forces during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.

“The Islamic Republic gives notice to the international community to use all its might to prevent the use of these weapons anywhere in the world, especially in Syria,” Mehr news agency quoted Rouhani as saying.

Syria’s government denies using such weapons and Iran’s foreign minister said on Thursday that groups fighting Assad’s forces in a two-year-old rebellion must have been behind what he then said was just a suspected gas attack.

Russia, another major ally of the Syrian government, has suggested rebels could be behind the attack.

Abbas Araqchi, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, said Iran believed the rebels were behind the attack, and that Iran was in touch with Syria and other countries to find out what happened.

“There is evidence that this action was carried out by terrorist groups,” ISNA quoted Araqchi as saying. “The concurrence of the use of these weapons with the presence of United Nations inspectors is itself an indication that there are hands at work to accuse the Syrian government of using these weapons and help the conflict and crisis to continue.”

The uprising against four decades of Assad family rule has turned into a civil war that has killed more than 100,000.

Foreign powers have said chemical weapons could change the calculus in terms of intervention and are urging the Syrian government to allow a U.N. team of experts to examine the site of Wednesday’s reported attacks.

The United States on Friday was repositioning naval forces in the Mediterranean to give President Barack Obama the option of an armed strike on Syria, although officials said that Obama had made no decision on military action.

In response, Iran warned the United States on Saturday not to get militarily involved in Syria.

“No international license exists for military intervention in Syria,” Araqchi was quoted as saying by ISNA. “We hope that White House officials are wise enough to not enter such a dangerous battle. Statements of provocation by American military officials or actions such as sending warships do not help solve the issue and will make the region’s situation more dangerous.”


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 Aug 25, 2013 at 09:01 AM Shlomo-1 Says:

No, you're doing it wrong.
American said that the use of chemical weapons would cross the line.
It's not "crossing the red line" when you respond to someone else's not heeding the warning and crossing the red line.
It's sort of like sports: in football, if you have a "false start" and cross the line, the team the makes the error gets in trouble, not the team that responds to it.

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 09:04 AM garyweiss Says:

This must civil war. They just need to talk to one another, this is a easy problem to solve.

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 09:33 AM toolee Says:

Just watch these accusations will go back and forth, warnings will come from everyone involved and the Syrians will have the last laugh as TIME will just pass and thousands more will die. This is the new Arab diplomacy buying time.

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 09:53 AM AlbertEinstein Says:

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toolee Says:

Just watch these accusations will go back and forth, warnings will come from everyone involved and the Syrians will have the last laugh as TIME will just pass and thousands more will die. This is the new Arab diplomacy buying time.

Buying time is ancient Arab diplomacy. The chayos have used it forever.

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 03:14 PM RebKlemson Says:

yasher koyach iran for being the righteous responsible condemner of chemical weapons. keep up the nuke building

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